Good morning, and happy Mother’s Day my lovelies.
Today I just had to talk about the awesome quality sleep I’ve been getting lately.
Sleep has been a major problem for me for the last 20 years, since I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. It’s probably one of the most life altering symptoms of the condition, apart from the pain. Something in the FM sufferer’s brain stops them going into full Stage 4 sleep. Stage 4 is the deep, restorative sleep we all need. It’s when we produce growth hormones and repair.
For the past few years, getting out of bed has been one of the most unpleasant times of day. Imagine waking up every day feeling hungover. That’s what it’s like. Tired, groggy, seedy…it’s a really soul destroying start to the day, especially when you know your day is going to be full of pain.
But, for the past few months I’ve been doing a lot of research on paleo nutrition and the paleo/primal lifestyle in general. One of the things the paleo advocates talk about is improving sleep quality. They talk about always sleeping in a darkened room, turning off all technology a few hours for bed…that sort of thing.
Now..me? I’ve been going to sleep with the TV on for as long as I can remember. It’s not on all night, it’s just set to turn off after an hour or two. It’s been the only way I could get to sleep. Yeah, my problem isn’t just quality of sleep, but actually getting to sleep has been difficult. Also, if I wake up in the night it’s been near impossible to get back to sleep again.
So, I started turning the TV off. Actually I’m not even turning it on some nights. It was weird at first, trying to get to bed in complete silence, so I started listening to podcasts on my phone. At this stage it was still taking me a while to get to sleep. After a couple of weeks I tried to leave the TV on one night, as I was watching a movie. However, it annoyed the crap out of me! I had to turn it off… ahhh sweet silence and black. I was cured!
Now I just….go to bed and turn off the light….and sleep. I’m waking feeling more refreshed than I have done in YEARS. That, along with some home massage tricks before bed to keep knotty muscles at bay has seen my mornings transformed from the crappiest time of the day to….. something nice
Yikes..gotta run. The guinea pigs haven’t been fed I can hear them trashing their cage!